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Running Time:
1 hour, 37 minuts

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some sensuality.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is simply a romantic tearjerker, saved only by the convincing sincerity and no-nonsense acting of Diane Lane.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: In Rodanthe: An Intimate look at Nights In Rodanthe with Singer-Songwriter Emmylou Harris; The Nature of Love; Lost in the Hurricane; Alternate Scenes and commentary by Director George Wolfe; A Time for Love {An intimate look at one of literatures great over-achievers and the passions that inspired his fourteen best; selling novels. Music Video; Gavin Rossdale †Love Remains the Same†

Richard Gere ... Dr. Paul Flanner
Diane Lane ... Adrienne Willis
Christopher Meloni ... Jack Willis
Viola Davis ... Jean
Becky Ann Baker ... Dot
Scott Glenn ... Robert Torrelson

Nights in Rodanthe

The story is based on the best selling novel by Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook") about a short love affair between Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane "Unfaithful"), a suburban mother and Paul Flanner (Richard Gere "Chicago"), a dashing doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son (James Franco "Spider Man"). At the beachfront bed-and-breakfast on North Carolina’s Outer Banks where he's planning to stay, he meets Adrienne at the inn that is owned by Adrienne’s friend Jean (Viola Davis "Disturbia"). Jean has left the B&B in Adrienne's care while she is away. And there are reports that a hurricane is threatening the coast. 

In an opening scene, we see Adrienne and her teenage daughter (Mae Whitman "One Fine Day") fighting over a nasty tattoo her daughter has gotten without permission. Adrienne has agreed to spend a few days overseeing the B&B while debating whether to reconcile with her cheating-husband Jack (Christopher Meloni - TV's "Law and Order SVU"). He pleads with her for forgiveness before taking their kids off on a vacation to Orlando. Paul is the the inn's lone guest and he and Adrienne share some awkward moments getting acquainted before the hurricane arrives. Then they are almost literally thrown into each other's arms as the storm hits. That's when another sort of whirlwind, a romantic one begins, complicated by the fact that they each have their own lives and commitments to deal with.

There is a natural rapport between Gere and Lane who starred in the very successful drama   Unfaithful in 2002. They effortlessly manage to convey not only pain but also a sense of surprised giddiness at the prospect of this new relationship, which surely has a reassuring quality to those in the middle aged audience for which this film will have its greatest appeal.There's a decidedly old-fashioned feel to the film directed by George Wolfe (TV's "Lackawanna Nights"). But that somehow works to its advantage. Nevertheless, this is still basically a romantic tearjerker that is only saved by the convincing sincerity and no-nonsense acting of Diane Lane.

Nights in Rodanthe


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